Frank Ocean has had a quiet an amazing year, from his now infamous letter to fans about his sexuality and the release of his amazing debut album Channel ORANGE things only look to be more promising next year.
Frank opens up to GQ in a new feature for the “Men of the Year” issue as he talks about a handful of topics like telling Def Jam to give him $1 Million dollars after he released Nostalgia ULTRA. Here’s what Frank had to say when asked what was going through his ming this summer.
“If I’m going to say this, I’m going to be better than all you pieces of shit. What you going to say now? You can’t say, ‘Oh, they’re only listening to him because he said this.’ No, they’re listening to me because I’m gifted, and this project is brilliant.”
He then goes on to talk about why he posted the letter on his tumblr:
GQ: Let’s talk about your open letter on Tumblr. Posting that must’ve felt like the hardest way.
Frank Ocean: Yes, absolutely.
GQ: So why did you do it? Were some people raising questions about the male pronouns in a few of the songs?
Frank Ocean: I had Skyped into a listening session that Def Jam was hosting for Channel Orange, and one of the journalists, very harmlessly—quotation gestures in the air, “very harmlessly”—wrote a piece and mentioned that. I was just like, “Fuck it. Talk about it, don’t talk about it—talk about this.” No more mystery. Through with that.
GQ: You’d written the letter back in December, for inclusion in the liner notes. Were you afraid of the aftermath when you finally posted it in July?
Frank Ocean: The night I posted it, I cried like a fucking baby. It was like all the frequency just clicked to a change in my head. All the receptors were now receiving a different signal, and I was happy. I hadn’t been happy in so long. I’ve been sad again since, but it’s a totally different take on sad. There’s just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.
The full story is available on GQ’s website and we highly recommend you give it a read.